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Fermi level pinning, FLP,  imperfections of various nature of semiconductor surfaces may cause pinning of the Fermi energy on the surface preventing changes of the surface potential in response to the changes of the voltage applied to the metal contact of metal-semiconductor and metal-insulator-semicondcutor structures; M-S and MIS/MOS devices are rendered disfunctional when the Fermi level is pinned.
Fermi level  energy level in solids at which the Fermi-Dirac distribution function is equal to 0.5.
MOS, Metal Oxide Semiconductor  Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor; three-layer structure (typically M-SiO2-Si)in which concentration of charge carriers in semiconductor's sub-surface region is controlled by potential applied to metal contact or in other words by a field effect; MOS gate can invert sub-surface region of its semiconductor; it works only if no excessive leakage current flows across the oxide; core of the MOS Field Effect Transistors, and hence, CMOS. Also, imaging Charge Coupled Devices (CCD) are based on MOS capacitor structure.
metal-semiconductor contact   key component of any semiconductor device; depending on materials involvced in the contact its properties can differ drastically; ohmic contact (linear, symetric current-voltage characteristic)in the case when work function of metal nmatches work function of semiconductor (no potential barrier at the interface); rectifying contact(non-linear, highly asymetric, diode-like current-voltage characteristic) in the case when work function of metal differs from the work function of semiconductor (potential barrier at the interface)- commonly referred to as a Schottky diode.
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Jerzy Ruzyllo is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Penn State University.

This book gives a complete account of semiconductor engineering covering semiconductor properties, semiconductor materials, semiconductor devices and their uses, process technology, fabrication processes, and semiconductor materials and process characterization.

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